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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Track Rotation Not the Worst Idea

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Did You Notice?… Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of a handful of tracks to gain back a second NASCAR date in the modern era after losing it? AMS will run its first NASCAR Cup Series race of 2021 this weekend (March 21) before the sport makes a return trip on July 11. There’s a lot of …

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5 Points to Ponder: NASCAR Chemistry Matters, Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Deepens & More

Kevin Harvick and Cole Custer race at Daytona International Speedway February 2021 Photo: NKP

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ONE: Stewart-Haas Racing Slump Gets Deeper Kevin Harvick sat on the pole for Sunday’s (March 7) Pennzoil 400 driving his No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. It was a great position to assert himself up front at a Las Vegas Motor Speedway track he led 92 laps at last March. Instead? Harvick never led a …

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Some Xfinity Teams Remain Locked Out, Facing Uncertain Futures Under NASCAR’s Qualifying Rules

Jordan Anderson practices for the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway February 2021 Photo: NKP

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Three weeks ago, Jordan Anderson was on the highest of highs. For the second consecutive year, the owner-driver guided his No. 3 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet to a strong runner-up finish in the season-opening race for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Daytona International Speedway. The very next morning, NASCAR informed him he could …

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Here Are the Changes to the Daytona Road Course Entry Lists

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In what will likely become a recurring segment at Frontstretch each week, we’ll run down the driver- and team-related changes to the NASCAR entry lists since they were initially posted, in this case last Saturday, Feb. 13. NASCAR Cup Series (Daytona International Speedway road course) –Garrett Smithley will make his season debut this weekend, driving the …

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Did You Notice?: Daytona’s Last-Lap Disaster for Team Penske

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Did You Notice? … How quickly the last lap of the Daytona 500 fell apart for Team Penske? 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champ Joey Logano crossed the line leading. Brad Keselowski was second, in position to end an 0-for-11 streak at a race he so badly wants knocked off his bucket list. The organization was staring …

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The Underdog House: Michael McDowell Proves Every Dog Has His Day

Michael McDowell wins 2021 Daytona 500, Chase Elliott close second, Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

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Top Dog 10 years after the unthinkable happened when Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500, the unthinkable happened again. After 14 years and 358 starts driving for underfunded teams in the NASCAR Cup Series, 36-year-old Michael McDowell is a Daytona 500 champion with Front Row Motorsports. McDowell had been caught up in a 16-car …

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Xfinity Qualifying, Cup Final Practice Canceled Due to Rain

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A rather large rain cell arrived early at Daytona International Speedway Saturday morning (Feb. 13), but it surely wasn’t welcome. In fact, the torrential downpour canceled both NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying and final Cup Series practice. Forty-five drivers were entered for today’s scheduled Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner 300 at Daytona. Typically, the field is …

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Tracking the Trucks: Ben Rhodes Edges Jordan Anderson at Daytona

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In a Nutshell: Ben Rhodes edged Jordan Anderson and Cory Roper at the line to score his first career Daytona International Speedway win in Friday’s (Feb. 12) NextEra Energy 250 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A caution involving 10 trucks with just four laps remaining set up the overtime finish that gave ThorSport …

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Jordan Anderson Evades Last-Lap Melee, Records 2nd Straight Daytona Runner-Up Finish

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Jordan Anderson was outside the top 10 when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series field took the white flag in Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. He sat eighth when there was half a lap to go at Daytona International Speedway, mired in the middle of the pack, and lost another spot to David Gilliland when …

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Ben Rhodes Wins Crash-Marred Daytona Truck Race

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In typical fashion, this year’s edition of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was again a compilation of bent fenders, high attrition and one excited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver after a wild finish. That one driver ended up being Thorsport Racing’s Ben Rhodes as the smoke cleared Friday night (Feb. …

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Jordan Anderson Racing Starting Xfinity Team

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Jordan Anderson Racing will field a car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series starting in 2021, the team announced Jan. 25. The No. 31, driven by team owner Jordan Anderson, will debut at Daytona International Speedway next month and compete in the full season. Longtime Anderson sponsor Bommarito will back the effort, with other partners to …

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Truck Series 2020 Year in Review

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly two months since the Camping World Truck Series raced one of the most memorable seasons it will likely ever run. After running two races to open the season, the Truck Series (and basically the entire sports world) ground to a halt while questions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic …

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